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Delhi pollution: No need to panic, it is not an emergency like Bhopal gas tragedy, says Harsh Vardhan

Doctors have declared the situation as a 'public health emergency', while the government has taken a series of measures in view of high pollution levels.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2017 10:09 pm
Delhi pollution: No need to panic, it is not an emergency like Bhopal gas tragedy, says Harsh Vardhan Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan has said there is no need to spread panic among the people over the present air pollution situation in Delhi, adding it is not like the Bhopal gas tragedy which was an “emergency”.

The Delhi-NCR region has been under a thick blanket of smog over the last one week.

Doctors have declared the situation as a ‘public health emergency’, while the government has taken a series of measures in view of high pollution levels.

“I am talking in practical terms. You see, what happened in Bhopal when there was a gas leak and hundreds of thousands of people fell acutely sick and had to be rushed to hospital. We call that an emergency situation where you have to panic and you have to see what you have to do.

“I am not saying we shouldn’t do anything about it (Delhi smog); everyone has to respond to what he is supposed to do. But there is no need to spread panic among the people,” the minister told News18.

The Bhopal gas leak of 1984 is considered the world’s worst industrial disaster where thousands of people died.

In a statement issued earlier by the environment ministry, Harsh Vardhan said, “The people of Delhi need not panic as several steps are being taken by the government to mitigate air pollution.”

He also emphasised that the air quality was improving.

The air quality in the national capital showed marked improvement today and was recorded as ‘very poor’, but a Supreme Court-appointed panel is not planning to lift the emergency measures such as ban on trucks and construction immediately.

The 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) was 308, which falls in the ‘very poor’ category, following a week-long smog episode when pollutants shot up to emergency levels

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  1. Ramash Singh
    Nov 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm
    A heartless comment from a shameless politician. It is shamelessness unlimited, when it comes from the mouth a doctor environment minister. It shows the real character of these bloody politicians. India has got the dubious distinction of being the most polluted country of the world and Delhi, the most polluted city. Delhi's pollution has been termed as dangerous, even then the Environment Minister says that people shouldn't be panic. What the does he want? Does he want Delhi to convert in Bhopal of that fateful night of Dec.3, 1984 for people to be panic? Is he not responsible for this catastrophic situation as environment minister?
    1. K
      Nov 15, 2017 at 5:25 am
      When will this chap wake up? Kumbhakaran !
      1. V
        Nov 15, 2017 at 4:34 am
        Delhi pollution and smog in winter is an old problem but it has exacerbated over the years due to population explosion, vehicle pollution, poor people burning coal in open for cooking ang heating, burning of crops etc. Mr Harshwardhan is not responsible for this but all Delhi residents are collectively responsible for this. So all Muzzies, Congies, AAP's, BJP haters should stop chest thumping as if this problem was created yesterday by Modi. All this is political game just trying to blame Modi for everything. So get real and stop farting in the open you Delhi thugs.
        1. Kumar Puri
          Nov 15, 2017 at 3:38 am
          Is this guy mental or high? Wasn't he travelling abroad last week representing India on some world climate forum or something? If he thinks 40 times the limit is nothing to panic about, then it sounds like this guy either doesn't give a about climate change /or has a serious lack of understanding on this serious matter. So was he just faking it when he is with other world leaders discussing carbon tax , etc or is he okay to let Delhites die because they didn't vote for him? This irresponsible selfish person should be fired.
          1. N
            Nov 15, 2017 at 3:17 am
            He is giving statements and explanation to people in their graves. Some politicians are perhaps scratching their heads how to make any money or votes out of this pollution issue...but the pollution is killing their lungs as much as that of a common man. It is time to open the public wallet for scientists, who may still find a solution to years of apathy and blu nders. Prayers, meetings to find a political solution, speeches, odd-even, shutting down schools and then reopening with pollution levels remaining the same, trying to drop few hundred tons of water when millions would be needed every few days....are not going to work. Give few billion dollars to scientists to solve this problem....and recoup by selling those ideas and technology to other countries and cities in need. This is a lot better than scams that pilfered thousands and thousands of public money. Our group of friends can produce working gadgets and technology, and willing to switch professions. Our fee: 1000 crore
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